Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bike Riding & Playtime

We have moved and I am loving being back to a familiar world. The 20 mile difference is amazing - in so many ways. We are closer to all of our activities and friends which is great! The next few months are going to be a little stressful with starting to build {trying to find the perfect house plan} and living a little out of our comfort, but it is going to be great! The kids, especially Heidi, are adapting well and loving the new living situation. John and I are both ready for the house to be ready. My goal is to be settled in by October, but before Thanksgiving at the latest.

While building we will still maintain all of our normal activities and routine - luckily with half the distance {half the gas bill!!!} and half the time in the car. Less time in the car is always a plus for me! Heidi was given a bike for Christmas and she has been riding it every day that it has not rained. Harrison's nap time is filled with the question, "when will Harrison be awake so I can ride my bike?".

Harrison wanted to join in the bike ride fun as well. He loves being around his sister and Heidi makes him laugh so much - like all the time. We went around a small part of the neighborhood and both kiddos loved it. Heidi felt like such a big girl riding her new big girl bike around and Harrison - well, he fell asleep.

After the bike ride Heidi wanted to play on the swing set for a little bit. This little girl loves to be outside. I love to be outside too, but in the back of my mind I have 100 things I need to be doing - trying to learn to let go a little bit and enjoy the world through my sweet little girl. Heidi does not see the loads of dirty laundry, dirty dishes, dirt - or any of the other things - that need to be done.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Birthday Party

Trying to get a little head start on my New Year's resolution - blog often. So, rather than letting my need for order get the best of me I am going to continue on with the blog as things happen.

Heidi was invited to a birthday party and we were so excited to go! Now that we have moved we are so much closer to everything going on it makes it much more enjoyable to attend events to which we are invited.

The party was a Princess Sofia theme and such a fun time! Originally Heidi wanted to wear a princess costume, but we were regular clothes and brought the costume just in case. Only the precious birthday girl was dressed up in a princess dress, but Heidi did not want to change. There were a few other kids from the class at the party and I am sure it was nice to see the other kids since they have been out of school for a week. I love watching how Heidi interacts with her friends.

I also go to meet up with a few friends this weekend! I love having a chance to catch up with old friends. Facebook is great to know what is going on, but nothing will ever compare to actually getting to sit down and chat with friends. Looking forward to more times like these!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Fake Perfection

It is a Saturday afternoon and I am actually able to sit down and write. We have been busy little beavers over here lately, whether from traveling, packing, moving, unpacking, Christmas shopping, regular activities - it has been a crazy past few months. Nonetheless I still have been aching to sit a blog. Not just random recaps of the past three months, but real blog posts with substance. I want to be able to document everything going on - each day/week/month, but life has been incredibly busy and sometimes there are things that just have to be put on the back burner.

Not only has life been hectic, but I guess there are days when I think of things in my head to write, but I just don't feel like they are good enough for anyone to want to read. Some days I think I feel like I need to have some eloquent post that people can relate to and others I just want to type with all of my grammar mistakes and let it be. This world puts so much pressure on us these days. Everything needs to be exactly perfect. The past few months I have had three separate conversations with three completely different groups and I can sum it up in a few phrases.

We are afraid of the judgement of others because we judge.
You know you do it. You think people are a certain way because of the way they dress, act, talk, deal with their kids. I'm sure it is possible that you might not even be aware that you are doing it. Maybe it is even coming up with excuses as to why they won't like you. The last sentence is something I struggle with constantly. When I take Heidi to preschool I see all of the little moms gather together and I feel completely left out. My thoughts are more of wondering what is it about me that they don't seem interested in? There is one lady that for the past year and a half it has been my mission to get her to smile at me. I think she has, once. Don't get me wrong, people are nice and I have conversations with them, but it is as if the conversations aren't really that important and I'm not someone they would want to hang out with as friends.

We push the facade of perfection.
Would you like to have unexpected guests to show up at your door - right now? Chances are you answered no because your home is not tidy. I know one thing that bothers me is walking into a completely put together house because it is an internal put down on my own house keeping abilities. I go to homes of busy working moms and their houses are immaculate and then they say what we all say, "oh gosh, please pardon the mess". I'm thinking - there are no dirty dishes, there is not a spec of dirt or dust, and it smells like heaven. Come on over to my house on any given day and there will be a whole wad of messes in every corner and a dog that smells like a dorito. I know we all take pride in how our homes look, I mean it is a reflection of us. Apparently I am a hoarding slob, but I have embraced my inner self that shows through my house keeping. I am working on it and during this move a lot of things will {hopefully} be tossed and organized, but for the most part walking into your clean house just stresses me out. Thinking about it stresses me out - pardon me while I shove another peanut butter blossom cookie in my mouth.

We want to have it all together in ways where we think everyone else has it all together.
Seems strange, right? We all assume that people are judging us so we bust our little hinnies off to show off how "together" we have it. Everyone wants everyone else to think we have it all under control. No one wants to be perceived as a failure. Anything less than perfection is of course, failure. We all compete with each other because if one person and seem to have that perfect look then we strive with all of our might to achieve this non-existent level of perfection. It stresses us out to the point of being completely miserable.

With all of these things that we all do I realized - we do it to each other. Why do we make each other feel miserable and unworthy? I blame it all on social media. Pinterest, blogs, Facebook - full of women who I swear must be robots and never sleep. Maybe there are some women who can do it all. I know I wish I could because in my head it would make life run much smoother. As much as I would love to have a perfect home that is clean and always in order, kids with coordinated outfits, leaving the house with my hair and makeup in perfect order - it is just not going to happen and I am trying to embrace that idea. Maybe if we all embraced it a little more we would not stress ourselves out competing with a lifestyle that I really just do not think is possible. Seriously, there are only so many hours in a day and if you do have all of these things perfect, then what is it that you are giving up to achieve these things? Your own happiness? Church? Sanity? Spill your secrets...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Up to Speed

I have fallen off the blogwagon majorly. I have not written or read blogs {besides the last Harrison update} in quite some time. Wish there was some awesome reason why - like I was going to be on a reality tv show and I had to quit during filming, but nope, not really a reason. Well, I think there is an underlying reason, but I have not seemed to be able to put the thoughts into written word quite yet. The OCD in me would like to go back and update in order what all we have been up to lately, but to quote Sweet Brown, "ain't nobody got time for that". We have a LOT going on in the Henninger household, so this post will be a quick little catch up on some of the things {not in order} we have been up to :)

We celebrate Dillon and Dane's birthdays at Monkey Joes - early October. This was a huge deal because I do believe this is one of the first times I did not have to go on the slides and bounce things with Heidi.

These beautiful ladies and I went to celebrate my birthday and have a "ladies night". 

Heidi and Georgia had a little sleepover

Harrison had a banana

We had a visit from a unicorn ballerina

Dinner out downtown with my cousin Julie and my sister Vicki - serious business going on and hashing out the details for our "girl cousin" trip in February!

We had a visit from a little witch.

I began selling Thirty One on June 25th and Heidi and I love all of the boxes that come in!

Heidi laid a couple of eggs.

We have daily couch destruction.

PJ/Movie day at school

Halloween with Doc McStuffins and a Monkey

Donuts with Daddy

Filling boxes for kids across the world

Disney Princesses on Ice

Trip to a Steelers game in Pittsburgh!

So there you go! A few of the things we have been up to lately - not everything, but enough for one night. I promise to update more often!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Harrison - 7 Months

Harrison, you are 7 months old now! I literally cannot believe how fast time has flown. You are an amazingly content and joyful little baby. Rarely are you ever upset - unless mommy is in the room and someone else is holding you. You make me feel like I am the most special person in the world. Heidi and you are the best self-esteem boosters because y'all make me feel like everything I do is just the best ever. Next come the regular monthly stats!

  • You are wearing size 3 diapers, but we might move you up soon. I like diapers to be a little big.
  • In clothes you wear 6-9 months. I love to let you wear pjs all day, but I know that you love to play with your feet, so when we are home we let them out :)

  • Sleeping has been a bit more challenging the past month. You used to sleep all through the night and regularly, but with a huge growth spurt and the start of food you have been waking up more throughout the night. It will pass though and for the most part you are so easy to put to sleep.
  • You do not care to have a paci and you are more interested in playing with it than anything else.

  • Anytime I have something in my hand you automatically think you need to grab it.
  • You only cry in the car when it is past your bedtime. You love to look at Heidi and she loves to entertain you.

  • We still have yet to take you to nursery at church. Maybe soon because you are becoming a real squirmy wormy.
  • Daddy can get the biggest giggles out of you when he tickles you.
  • You love to pull hair and think it is so funny.

  • You love food. All of it. I cannot have you on my lap when eating because you try and take everything. We have gotten a routine of 3 meals a day and you get so excited when it is time to eat! You have had peaches, apples, bananas, green beans, peas, squash, and sweet potatoes. You are also still nursing and you love that as well!

  • We have to be super watchful of anything we leave on the ground because you are scooting yourself towards whatever is around. The other day you were under Heidi's trampoline! You get up on all fours and rock back and forth. You will be crawling in no time!

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